Boris Johnson mocks ‘tree-hugging, mung bean-munching eco-freaks’ at UN climate summit

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Boris Johnson has said he is not a “mung-bean munching eco freak”, but instead supports green policies because they are “right for the world”, reports I-news.

The Prime Minister was speaking at the 2020 Climate Ambition Summit, which is marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The UK has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 68 per cent on 1990s levels by 2030, and Mr Johnson highlighted that the UK had earmarked £11.6 billion in overseas aid to support green technology and decarbonisation across the planet.

He told the virtual event: “We are doing this not because we are hair shirt-wearing, tree-hugging mung bean-munching eco freaks – although I’ve got nothing against any of those categories and mung beans are probably delicious.

“We are doing it because we know that scientific advances will allow us, collectively as humanity to save our planet and create millions of high-skilled jobs as we recover from Covid.”

Coal cuts

Mr Johnson said that when he was a child, the UK depended on coal for 70 per cent of its energy, a figure that has since been cut to 3 per cent. He added that the UK is putting its “foot to the accelerator in a carbon friendly way” in its plans to cut greenhouse gases.

The Prime Minister argued that these moves would be better for the UK’s economy, saying that the Government is investing in massive solar programmes, hydrogen and banning new diesel and petrol cars by 2035, and that he wants London to become the home of “green finance”.

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December 13, 2020 at 06:57AM

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